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Akihito 'had an MRI examination Thursday morning but doctors found no abnormalities,' says an official at the Imperial Household Agency
Naruhito will formally take possession of the sacred imperial regalia at a solemn ceremony later Wednesday, May 1, but he became the 126th emperor at the stroke of midnight, ushering in the 'Reiwa' imperial era
Emperor Akihito of Japan offers his 'deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan' and says he will 'pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world'
In a set of solemn ceremonies, Emperor Akihito will abdicate in favor of 59-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito, also kicking off the new imperial "Reiwa" era that will last throughout the new monarch's reign
Here are some of the ways Japan has changed dramatically during the Heisei imperial era of Akihito's rule
The incident comes as Japan is preparing for the abdication of Emperor Akihito, the first monarch to relinquish the throne of the world's oldest imperial family for two centuries
A survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily shows 45% of Japanese 'felt unhappy' about the 10-day vacation for the Emperor's abdication
The name consists of two characters: 'Rei', which can have meanings related to 'order' but also 'auspicious' and 'Wa', usually translated as 'peace' or 'harmony'
Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values
The abdication of Japan's Emperor Akihito on April 30 will quite literally mark the end of an era, the Heisei era of his rule
Ahead of his abdication on April 30, Emperor Akihito calls on Japan to 'build relations with other countries sincerely'
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign, making way for Naruhito and Masako to replace them the following day
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(UPDATED) The emperor delivers a brief New Year's greeting every year, and is expected to appear five times on Wednesday to address as many well-wishers as possible
'It gives me deep comfort that the Heisei Era (his reign) is coming to an end, free of war in Japan,' says Emperor Akihito
A palace spokesman says the monarch on Thursday, July 5, is 'doing his official duties as usual,' declining to comment further
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The chief cabinet secretary says the doctor diagnosed the emperor with 'symptoms of vertigo and nausea due to cerebral anemia, which require a complete rest and follow-up checks'
Princess Ayako is the second Japanese princess in two years to announce marriage to a commoner. Under the law, she will lose her royal status upon marriage.
(UPDATED) 'The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor's abdication and the succession of the crown prince,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
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The Philippine leader says the royal couple's unassuming comportment is truly 'befitting the title of Majesty'
Their meeting with the royal couple is the Philippine president's last official activity in his two-day visit to Japan
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Japan for an official visit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet top officials and members of the royal household next month before announcing the date, the Asahi Shimbun reports, citing unnamed government sources
UPDATED The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life
The one off bill is widely expected to become law next week after passage through the upper house
(UPDATED) Since 2005, two Japanese princesses have married commoners and left the Imperial Family, while two are about to do so as well
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UPDATED Parliament will now debate and give final approval to the first abdication in 200 years
UPDATED The option is one of several presented by the group of experts charged with sorting out the thorny issue They are expected to make a final recommendation in March
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UPDATED Major national newspapers cite unnamed sources as saying Crown Prince Naruhito 56 would succeed his father Akihito on New Year s Day 2019
Emperor Akihito delivers a birthday address at the Imperial Palace – possibly his last such appearance after he earlier hinted at abdication
Modi will have an audience with Emperor Akihito and hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during the two day visit starting on November 11 the foreign ministry says
President Rodrigo Duterte follows the advice of his protocol officers not to push through with the courtesy call following the death of Emperor Akihito s uncle Prince Mikasa
The Philippine president will visit a ship building company and meet with top Japanese business leaders during his official visit from October 25 to 27
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his trip to Japan from October 25 to 27
Usia tua dan beban yang berat membuat Kaisar Jepang Akihito ingin mengundurkan diri dan menyerahkan jabatannya ke putra mahkota Pangeran Naruhito
UPDATED Akihito did not directly mention anything about abdication in the 10 minute speech but the government is expected to interpret his comments as meaning his wish is to eventually step down
An Imperial Household Agency spokesman says Akihito s address via video will be broadcast at 3:00 pm 0600 GMT on Monday August 8
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UPDATED The Imperial Household Agency the government body that runs royal affairs offers a categorical denial
Under Japan s current Imperial Household Law which governs the status of the emperor there is no legal mechanism for abdication Any move to step down would therefore require a revision of that law
UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park